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The sexual harassment case of Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions was recently argued before the California Supreme Court. Defendants argued that scriptwriters should be allowed to engage in sexual comments and gestures in the workplace, even if such behavior is typically held to be abusively severe or pervasive, as part of the “creative process” of scriptwriting for the television show “Friends” as long as the conduct was not addressed specifically to the plaintiff, a female African-American writer’s assistant required to attend, and type up dialogue from, these writers’ meetings.

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